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In Today's Issue

  • The Goldilocks Effect: How Babies Learn
  • Collaboration Picked for National Pain Education Effort
  • Weight Watchers to Hold Open House
  • Toastmasters Group Invites Guests to Meeting
  • Prenatal Yoga Helps with Pregnancy, Delivery
  • Video Depicts Eastman Theatre Restoration

News and Announcements

The Goldilocks Effect: How Babies Learn
Infants ignore information that is too simple or too complex, focusing instead on situations that are "just right," according to a new study to be published in the journal PLoS ONE. Celeste Kidd, lead author and a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University, says the findings could have broad implications for human learning at all ages and lead to earlier diagnosis of attention-related disabilities such as ADHD or autism. Read more, see a video, and read reports from MSNBC, England's Daily Mail, and Cosmos magazine.

Collaboration Picked for National Pain Education Effort
An unusually broad collaboration of health professionals from the greater Rochester area has been selected by the National Institutes of Health to help lead the nation’s assault on pain. Led by physicians and scientists at the Medical Center and including nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others from St. John Fisher College and from the New York Chiropractic College based in Seneca Falls, the effort is one of a handful of times that the institutions have come together to pool their expertise to attract federal funds to tackle a worldwide problem. Read more . . .

Weight Watchers to Hold Open House
Weight Watchers will hold an open house at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, May 31, in Room 220 of the University Health Service Building on the River Campus. Registration will be offered for the new session. To learn more, contact Well–U at 273-5240 or email

Toastmasters Group Invites Guests to Meeting
The Daybreakers' Toastmasters club invites anyone interested in learning or honing public speaking skills to a meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Thursday, June 7, in the Louise Slaughter Conference Room at the Medical Center. Read more . . . 

Prenatal Yoga Helps with Pregnancy, Delivery
Highland Hospital is offering prenatal yoga classes, with a focus on breathing exercises and postures to nurture the muscles that support a baby during pregnancy and labor. The classes are held at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday and 9:30 a.m. each Saturday at the Center for Community Health, 46 Prince St. Read more...

Video Depicts Eastman Theatre Restoration
The renovation of Kodak Hall and the construction of the new East Wing was a challenge, not only from the standpoint of preserving the history of the original 1922 building, but also adding the world-class facilities that would take Eastman's mission of educating leaders in music well into the future. See a video about the project, which received an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State.

May 25, 2012
Scattered T-Storms

Today's Forecast:
Isolated Thunderstorm, 87°
Partly Cloudy, 80°

Today's Event Highlight
New Exhibit: The Art of Change
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery. Read more . . .

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Rochester in the News (May 23)
Will More Follow GM's Facebook Exit, or Leave Super Bowl?
Facebook is more likely than the Super Bowl to lose the interest of other automakers in light of General Motors' decision to stop advertising in both, say marketing experts and scholars, such as George Cook, executive professor of business administration at the Simon School. "[T]he average [chief marketing officer’s] perspective is that, albeit very pricey, the Super Bowl with its vast audience will grant the auto manufacturer the highest level of product exposure," says Cook, a former Ford marketing executive. (May 24)
More Evidence Links Calcium Supplements to Heart Attacks
Calcium supplements may do more harm than good, causing the calcium to end up in plaques that line artery walls, a new study suggests. "People who take supplemental calcium have a surge in [blood] calcium levels, and we know that surge increases calcium uptake in atherosclerotic plaques," says Christopher Cove, assistant director of the cardiac catheterization labs at the Medical Center.

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